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Mr. Adams

Skip Adams

Director of Food & Beverage, Windsor Court Hotel

Skip Adams is not your average Food & Beverage Director. Skip's unique style and zest for life are transferred into everything he has accomplished and envisioned for the bright future of the Windsor Court Hotel. Mr. Adams was born and raised by a family of farmers in Hoschton, Georgia and moved to New Orleans to work for the Windsor Court after many years of cherishing the city from afar. Mr. Adams is responsible for maintaining the premier level of service in all of the Windsor Court Hotel's food and beverage outlets, including The Grill Room, the Polo Club Lounge, Le Salon, suite service and all banquet, special event and catering facilities. He oversees over 150 employees. Mr. Adams has worked in food and beverage management for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Windsor Court, he worked for Noble Investments in Atlanta and Raleigh as a Food and Beverage Director for multiple hotels and restaurants. Before that he honed his skills at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort right outside of Atlanta. He has also owned a portion of a farm in Georgia known as Serenity Farms where he harvested silver queen corn that was sold to local restaurants and farmer's markets. “Locally grown produce has always been important to my family as both food source as well as economic provider. My family history in Georgia agriculture started with King Cotton and never diminished. I try to preserve some of my heritage and love of the south through my own practices,” he said. In his free time, Mr. Adams practices urban farming in the historic Treme neighborhood. He harvests seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that he uses both for home cooking and sharing with his friends and neighbors. Mr. Adams also sponsors the Museum of the American Cocktail through the Windsor Court Hotel. His profession often translates into a pastime as he is often found brewing his own beer or scouring the city for the next pearl of information regarding the history of cocktail or beer culture in New Orleans.

Mr. Adams can be contacted at 504-596-4623 or Sadams@windsorcourthotel.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.